May 1, 2014, 1:21 AM
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Navy Commander: Persian Gulf, world's gate, under Iranian control

Shiraz, May 1, IRNA – Brave Iranian border guards have full control over both Persian Gulf and Sea of Oman, as world's energy highway and main gate, Navy commander said here Wednesday on the Persian Gulf Day.

Speaking in a conference on the occasion at University of Shiraz, Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari stressed the Iranian Navy's superior competence in exertion of its might in Iran's entire southern water borders.



Rear Admiral Sayyari also referred to the futile efforts aimed at changing the eternal name of the Persian Gulf, arguing, 'The centuries-old name of the Persian Gulf will remain the Persian Gulf for good, as it is today.'



He said that April 30, the day that the Portuguese colonialists were expelled from the Strait of Hormuz and the Persian Gulf in 1622 after their over a century's colonial rule there, was named as the National Persian Gulf Day by the Supreme Cultural Revolution Council and registered in the county's official calendar.



'The name of the Persian Gulf is a great pride for every single Iranian citizen and anyone who would intend to use any term other than the Persian Gulf would receive a crushing response,' said the Iranian Navy commander.



Rear Admiral Sayyari said that the Islamic Republic of Iran has borders with 15 countries, 12 of which have water borders with Iran.



Emphasizing the role and significance of seas in the world trade, he said that some 80% of Iran's exports, too, are forwarded through the sea.



The Navy commander said that one of the prides of the Islamic Republic of Iran Navy today is provision of naval security in international waters.



'The Mighty IRI Navy has for instance managed to provide security for over 2,000 oil tankers and trade ships in the Sea of Aden throughout the past few years and ensure their safe passage there,' said Rear Admiral Sayyari.



April 30 1622 marked the end of 115 years of colonial rule of the Portuguese, as the National Persian Gulf Day.



The Portuguese explorer, Afonso de Albuquerque, captured the Hormuz Island in 1507 and it became a part of the Portuguese Empire.



The Portuguese had constructed a fortress on the island, the Fort of Our Lady of the Conception. In 1622 the island was captured from the Portuguese by a combined Anglo-Persian force.

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